Dementia Care Award Winners 2012

From an inspiring shortlist of finalists, specialist judges selected the following winners:

The Winner of the Care Activities Co-ordinator for People with Dementia 2012 category is:

Shelly Ford – Shaw Healthcare

Shelly is someone special who people would feel safe to laugh or cry with. Shelly gives time for everyone, including families, and will find the way to connect with a person and bring meaning and purpose to every day.

The Winner of the Best Resident / Relative Contribution 2012 category is:

Bert Pearson – Croft House

We have chosen Bert because he is a passionate and effective advocate for the residents and staff of Croft House, but his contribution extends way beyond the home into the wider community where he is a highly effective ambassador for people trying to understand and come to terms with dementia.

Pictured with Bert Pearson are Karen Knight, Norsecare, and Jennie Bond.


The Winner of the Best Dementia Continence Care 2012 category are:

Sandra Irving and Michelle Alderson – Anchor Homes

We have chosen Sandra and Michelle because of their passion and teamwork for changing perceptions of how to address incontinence problems, aiming for good quality of life and social inclusion and drawing on life histories, family and person centred approaches.

The Winner of the Dr Kartar Badsha Outstanding Dementia Care Support Worker 2012 category is:

Michelle Collins – PSS

We have chosen Michelle because she is passionate about her role. She gave lovely examples of responding in a person centred way to the needs of people with dementia and their families even outside of office hours and inspiring others to go the extra mile

Pictured with Milchelle Collins (left) are Dr Kartar Badsha, Cecilia Yardley, The Lewy Body Society, and Jennie Bond.

The Winner of the Lifetime Achievement in Dementia Care 2012 category is:

Jane Lynch – Somerset Care

We have chosen Jane because she presented as an outstanding, exceptionally good and clearly noticeable ambassador for dementia care. She is raising awareness, through the ‘Archie’ project, not just with the younger generation, but through building a dementia friendly village in Somerset. Her innovations include introducing digital networking ensuring an international and national impact.

Pictured with Jane Lynch (centre) are Jeremy Nixey, Shaw Healthcare, and Jennie Bond.


The Winner of the Best Dementia Registered Nurse 2012 category is:

Alan Riley – Shaw Healthcare

We have chosen Alan because he demonstrated the importance of connecting with residents on an emotional level. He impressed us as a leader who has delivered a culture shift in his staff team, resulting in a better quality of life for all who live and work in Waverley House.

Pictured with Alan Riley (centre) are David Sheard, Dementia Care Matters, and Jennie Bond.

The Winner of the Best Interior Dementia Design 2012 category is:

Anchor Homes – West Hall

West Hall captivated us with an inspiring and courageous vision of dementia care seen through to the finest detail. Its interiors are defined by views and light from surrounding countryside. A design which invites residents to roam outdoors. Activity spaces in a central manor reflect luxury and aspiration – a unique vision for the future.

The Winner of the Best Dementia Care Manager 2012 category is:

Joanne Broomes – Burlington Care Homes

Joanne is an outstanding manager of dementia care. She clearly described using her considerable person centred skills to lead her staff team to really understand the perspective of their residents with dementia. She has a clear vision and direction that she translates into practice by working alongside her staff team to ensure they achieved this.

The Winner of the Best Dementia Care Home 2012 category is:

Brownsfield House – The Abbeyfield Society

We have chosen Brownsfield House because the care team here have worked steadily and enthusiastically over many years to develop a rich, vibrant, loving environment. This inspiring home is clearly nurturing residents, staff, family and friends. And it continues to be very aware of the wider context of developing best practice in dementia care.

Pictured are Marsha Tuffin and Sally Smith of Brownsfield House, Melville Knight, Castleoak and Jennie Bond.

The Winner of the Best Dementia Team 2012 category is:

Holybourne Day Centre – Four Seasons Health Care

It was very clear to both judges that the team at Holybourne embodied the principles and the very heart of being person centred towards each other. The team is inclusive and is viewed as a family. There is no them and us – just an ‘US’.

The Winner of the Outstanding Dementia Care Product/Innovation 2012 category is:

Frame of Mind –  CIC

We have chosen Frame of Mind because they offer people with dementia something new by focusing on work skills rather than care. Frame of Mind demonstrate a real commitment to empowering people with dementia and involving them as equals in the activities and running of the organisation.

The Winner of the Dementia Care Personality 2012 category is:

Jayne Vale – Helping Hands

We have chosen her because she is a passionate practitioner and trainer who inspires her workforce and enables them to work effectively with individuals with dementia and in partnership with families.

Pictured with Jayne Vale (centre) are Graham Stokes, Bupa, and Jennie Bond.


The complete list of all the highly commended finalists for the 2012 awards is available here.

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